Fleet Place House, London

Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Date Built
circa 2000
Holborn Viaduct
Fleet Place House is an office developmentb that also includes the northern entrance to City Thameslink railway station.  The Heron Property website explains that it was, "... Built on one of the last sites to be developed on Fleet Place," adding that, "... this new office building is fitted onto a restricted city centre location and placed astride a railway line immediately below. The office is eight storeys high, with a superstructure plan area of 71 x17 metres, below which is a car park in the basement level with plant space and equipment at the sub-basement level.  It has been ingeniously designed to re-use the existing pile cap foundations of the previous building on the site. There are no internal columns. The 323.9mm diameter hot-finished steel CHS columns are placed outside the cladding line and support steel truss beams with a composite deck floor spanning 17.5 metres across the full width of the building. .... The steel superstructure is separated from the substructure by acoustic bearings."